2001 Saturn SL SL2 1.8L from North America


A decent commuter car with style


Most repairs in the past five and a half years have been minor. The driver side window switch had to be replaced twice, I had the engine fan serviced due to loud squeaks, and the battery OEM battery terminals cracked after five years, so it had to be replaced. However, the car is currently in the shop having the transmission rebuilt after only 78,600 miles. A faulty speed sensor was found in the process.

General Comments:

Overall, the car has been very reliable and responsive.

I find the seats more comfortable than the '84 Honda CRX I used to have and even the '02 Honda Accord my wife drives.

Disappointed that I could not find tire chains to use in the Winter. Was forced to buy the 'Spike Spiders' and am not pleased with them. The car shakes terribly and braking is very tricky... you have to go EXTREMELY slow.

Great gas mileage! I added an after-market exhaust and get at least 3 mpg higher on the highway. However, more gas is consumed with stoplights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 2006

2001 Saturn SL -1 from North America


I think they're all lemons!


This is my 2nd 2001 Saturn SL-1. After only 13 days and 700 km, the engine on it came apart. The mechanic had to take the entire engine apart & rebuild it. The dealership was HORRIBLE about it. I refused to accept the car back, as Saturn advertises their 30-day money-back guarantee.

The dealership gave me an extremely hard time about this, and didn't want to accept the car back. The sales manager told me that because I had registered the car (which by law must be done within 15 days), he couldn't sell it to someone else as a new car!

I called Saturn's head office in Canada to complain about the way the dealership had treated me, and about how the sales manager had wanted to be able to sell this write-off to some unsuspecting person as a NEW car. The woman at the Saturn head office was very rude and told me that she didn't know why I expected them to do anything about it.

When I picked up the replacement car (I was stupid not to just get my money back), the dealership had broken the clear plastic cover that goes over the speedometer, and when I pointed it out and asked them to fix it, they actually pretended that they didn't see the very big, very white crack in it. They weren't going to fix it until I threatened to go tell the customers in the store about what was going on.

I have had to have the quill bearings replaced TWICE. This is a repair that costs about $1100 Canadian each time. I have read that the cause of this is a crooked drive shaft, which, of course, they didn't want to replace under warranty.

I have been having problems with the clutch. Most of the time, the clutch feels sticky and the gears grind.

The dealership told me that EVERYTHING on the car was covered by warranty for the first 5 years or 100,000 km, but I later found out that wasn't true at all. (The dealership LIED to me.)

After about 23,000 kms, the little button on the seat belt, which prevents the metal clip from sliding down to where you can't reach it, broke off the passenger side.

After 60,000 kms, the latch to pop the trunk open broke.

After about 65,000 kms, the cruise control stopped working properly. The dealership won't do anything about it.

The seats are somewhat uncomfortable. You really need a lumbar support cushion with them.

Really loud road noise.

General Comments:

The paint still looks good, and the seats have held up well.

I paid just over $22,000 Canadian for this car, and it was definitely NOT worth the money.

My last payment will be made on this car in about 2 weeks from now, but it looks like fixing the clutch/grinding problem could cost me the equivalent of 3 more payments!!!

I am seriously considering getting rid of this car and getting something else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd January, 2006

30th Oct 2007, 16:13

Honestly, I have the same car as you and my Saturn dealership in the Ottawa area has been most pleasent and accomodating. I have had literally no problems other than wear and tear and have been too happy about this car. I would personally never go near your dealership EVER again! I do agree though that the seats are very hard and support-less in the base SL1's. Great value as a used car though, low re-sale value and great economically! sorry to hear about your list of problems man, good luck!